In the wake of many companies declaring they will cut hours for workers to avoid having to offer them health plans, I'm wondering if we screwed up in health reform. Instead of employing one person for 40 hours, can't employers simply pay two people working 20 hours each and avoid costs? That is what I've been hearing and it is very troubling.
Perhaps we should have tied it to a percentage, like say, providing healthcare for at least 90% of your employees or paying penalties. Or incentives- lower corporate tax rates for businesses who insure enough workers.
This seems like a major loophole. I KNOW these companies can afford it (as the mandate only applies to businesses of 50 or more employees) and yet I also KNOW they will try and dodge it.
Someone talk me down if you can.